211 phone service to launch in Merced

Residents in Merced and Mariposa counties will have access to a database of human service resources by simply dialing 211. The program is scheduled to launch in October. Assistance through 211 will be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and in 150 languages.


A new book shows how Buddhism tenets can help in a partnership

Sarah Napthali is well-versed in the ways Buddhism can improve day-to-day living. After several books, including Buddhism for Mothers and Buddhism for Parents on the Go, the Australian author has trained her sights on relationships. She has been with her spouse for more than 20 years and is the mother of two teenage boys, so she has much to say about weaving spirituality into the day-to-day challenges of a romantic partnership.


Lean In: Janice Ringler, student

I was born and raised in Hawaii, where I learned to appreciate and respect a diversity of cultures as a member of its thriving Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. Most of my classmates stayed in Hawaii for college or went to schools on the West Coast, but I decided to broaden my horizons by attending Purdue University in Indiana. While there, I discovered my ethnicity made me a rarity - a minority - which I had never experienced back home.


How women in sports are changing the game

For years, the phrase "like a girl" has been commonly used to describe someone who is weak, slow or lacking athletic ability. In June 2014, in order to combat this negative stereotype, Always released an ad campaign that made everyone start to think about that phrase a little differently. The campaign showed the harmful effects of implying that women are less capable simply because of their gender.

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